We spoke in great detail (July-Aug-Sept-Oct) about the horrific impact these crimes had on my small home town of Ypsilanti, Michigan. We also delved into the unsolved cases and the possibility of finding new DNA evidence regarding these murders.
John Norman Collins and his infamous motorcycle
Detectives at the Dawn Basom crime scene on Gale Rd
Today Frank's John Norman Collins/Michigan Murders article hit the web and it is really good. The article is in 4 parts including Evidence Locker which has some never before seen crime scene photos.
Frank and his team did a fantastic job updating this crime story. xK
Here is the link to part one of Frank's article.
Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press
4:55 a.m. EST Nov. 8, 2019
Never-before-published letters, interviews offer clues in infamous Michigan murders
Eight women and girls were slain in the late 1960s. New details shed more light on the crimes and John Norman Collins, who never fit anyone's image of a killer...Read More Here
PART 2 Murders of Michigan women still unsolved 50 years later
PART 3 NEW DNA! Letters, interviews reveal dark side
EMAIL TO FRANK WITSIL FROM JOHN COLLINS
The "ONLY" reason I am responding to your e-mail is out of RESPECT for Neil Fink. A while back I was contacted by Neil Fink's wife, Ms. Kimberley Stout, and she told me of his death to Cancer back in 2016. She also mentioned they had a son by the name of Wade who followed in his fathers, and his mother, footsteps and became an attorney. Of course, his Dear Mother said that he was a VERY GOOD ATTORNEY!
Then you also mentioned Wade in your e-mail, so I felt somewhat obliged to at least give you a brief response since you have been kind of a "PAIN IN THE ASS" with your persistence. lol
You brought up those "TWO LETTERS" that I sent to my cousin, John Chapman, who in turn, GAVE THEM TO greg.f. I must admit that I didn't think they would become such a "FOCAL POINT" after 50 years, BUTT, knowing greg's ENORMOUS "EGO" for MEDIA ATTENTION I knew that he would want to CAPITALIZE on ANYTHING he could gather up on ME. His "ENORMOUS EGO" rivals the GRAND CANYON, BUTT his 'BIG MOUTH' manages to surpass that.
He's been 'USING ME' as a Catalyst to LURE unsuspecting women into his "PRIVATE CHAT ROOM" in hopes of 'SCORING' with them. This comes from WOMEN that have told me about how he likes to take PHOTO'S with all the women so that he can put his arm around them.
One woman, in particular, said that she felt that he was "CREEPY" with his advances & touching. Anyhow, greg ran his ENORMOUS MOUTH to someone that I was friends with and this person told me that greg was BRAGGING about having my cousin in Canada writing me so that THEY could dig-up some dirt on me, etc. When I found out about that I was UPSET that my cousin would do something like that to me. So I thought to myself, TWO can play this "GAME!"
I knew that WHATEVER I wrote to my cousin would end up in greg's lap. So I wrote those TWO LETTERS to my cousin, which included some "PARTIAL FACTS", BUTT, Heavy on the "FICTION!" My cousin was just a "PAWN" in greg's chess game & greg even wrote and told me how "EASY" it was to manipulate John.
I have ALL my cousin's letters & e-mails and what he's told YOU "DO NOT" match what he's said to me. I have "NO" control over what people say about ME and that is WHY I have chosen to REFUSE interviews of any kind.
I've been deceived too many times in the past. When you see/hear from greg - AND YOU WILL BECAUSE HIS EGO IS SO ENORMOUS - Please tell him that because of his EGO & BIG MOUTH that he got "PLAYED" by me. lol
An Attorney has told me that I have a "Legal Expectation of Privacy" concerning those letters so my cousin & greg should be careful. As for my cousin...he got "DUPED" by greg and STILL doesn't realize it. If I chose to, I could easily bring up some very PAINFUL issues about John C., BUTT, I elect to take the proverbial "High Road" & NOT discuss our DIRTY LAUNDRY with the public. I like to believe that I still have some "INTEGRITY."
As for Sgt. E. Schroeder, I liked him and thought well of him. I heard that he was having some HEALTH ISSUES. If you ever come in contact with him again kindly tell him that I wish him nothing BUTT Good Health the rest of his retired years. I think he is a good man. He kept his "Word" to me and that ALWAYS means something to me. In here, all you have is your "WORD!"
Well, Frank, I've spent much more time with you than I had anticipated. You can say whatever you want about me, BUTT, if You have any "INTEGRITY" at all you will leave my Dear Mother out-of-this. She's NOT here to defend herself from all the "LIES" that have already been told about her by Keyes, my cousin etc. People that never even knew her. I will ALWAYS Love her! She was a Kind & Loving person to all that knew her.
Now I hope that you will simply leave me alone. Peace, John